Losing Luggage: It Happens But You Can Prevent It
It can happen in the blink of an eye. Well, it can even occur in half a blink (if you’re not paying attention at all). In the airport, people travel and experience different things. We all have dreams of going places, flying to different lands, and experiencing the beauty and diversity of various countries. When we think of the airport and those planes that are ready to take us away and make us escape into a different world, we can’t help but feel like gypsies and vagabonds lost in different planets. While the notion is romantic as it is dreamy, let us not forget that the romance can make us forget that other things can fly or disappear as well. While we plan on disappearing and flying… let’s not make our luggages do so as well. Yes, lost luggage is a common experience for those who frequent the airport. Why? For one thing, it’s not really easy having to make sure that your luggage will stay in the same position and area that it came from.
Another thing that cannot be avoided is the excitement and enthusiasm people have whenever they arrive in the airport that sometimes we end up paying less attention and giving less care for our things. At the same time, it may also be considered that our things and luggage getting lost can also be a reflection of poor airport ethics or work by the staff. Either way or no matter how we see it, it’s really up to us to do what we can. Here are tips to remember and uphold to prevent or deal with those dreaded L’s: lost luggage.
- Timing is Everything. Make sure that you get to the airport a little bit early than usual or expected so you can have time to make sure that your luggage stays put, stays in the correct area, and does not wander in other areas.
- Identification, Not Imitation. When luggages are not named, there is always a chance that people may steal or make it look as if they own it when in fact they do not. Just think of all the luggages that the airport staff have to carry and you can only imagine the hectic and crazy situations they have to deal with when luggages do not have names. Save yourself from having to check all other luggages or play Blue’s Clues with your bags by naming them properly. Also, don’t forget to be specific, who knows how many “Jane Doe” names are there?
- Tag Tag Tag. Airline tags are your best bet. Be alert and obsessive-compulsive enough to make sure that the tags are going to arrive in the airport you will be at.
- Landmarks. Symbols. Distinctions. Always make sure your luggage is a tad bit different from the others. Add a pink bow or something really unusually different so that if anything happens, you have that distinction as proof.
- No to the Valuables. Before even bringing your luggage for take-off, make sure there are no valuables or very large amounts of money in them. Take extra precaution: just in case you end up losing the bag, at least your valuables stay with you.